Take extra care in spring weather, motorcyclists urged

Police in Suffolk want to bring the number of motorcycle deaths in the county down to zero. Courses

Police in Suffolk want to bring the number of motorcycle deaths in the county down to zero. Courses are run from the Martlesham police headquarters on Friday nights and Saturdays Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY - Credit: Archant

Motorcyclists have been warned to take extra care as the better weather tempts more riders out onto the roads.

Suffolk police has launched a series of two-day “Safer Rider” courses, designed for fully qualified riders to make sure motorcyclists are doing everything they can to remain visible, aware and in control of their vehicles.

The courses start on April 4 and are run from the Suffolk Constabulary headquarters in Martlesham Heath.

They are by Pc Andy Masterson, who runs the force’s road casualty reduction team.

Pc Masterson said: “Reducing the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads remains a priority for us and while the number of fatalities in 2018 was significantly lower than in 2017, one death is still too many.

“The underlying message of the workshops is that education is key - not enforcement - and they aim to give motorcyclists greater awareness of the hazards they may face when out and about to help them become better and safer riders.

“With just two weeks to go until the first course of this year, I would like to take the opportunity to encourage riders of all abilities to attend a course.”

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Last year 18 people were killed on Suffolk’s roads, three of which were motorcyclists.

To date in 2019, four people have died on the county’s roads, none of which were motorcyclists.

The latest workshops start at 7pm on a Friday evening, with classroom sessions on optimal positioning and cornering.

The next morning comes with an escorted ride out session with a Class 1 police motorcyclist, followed by vital first aid training from Suffolk Fire and Rescue.

Although the workshops are £50 per person, under-25s are able to take part at half price as an incentive to help protect the latest and potentially least experienced riders keep themselves protected.

Pc Masterson added: “I would equally encourage experienced motorcyclists to attend as it is always good to refresh your skills. Indeed, all police officers who are advanced-level riders are required to have refresher training every three to five years.”

For further information visit the Suffolk Police website, call The Motorcycle Casualty Reduction Team on 01473 613888 (extension 3722), or email the team here.

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